We are excited and privileged to be presenting work at today’s auction that has been flown especially in from Mumbai, by Vidha Saumya. Vidha is an artist living and working in Mumbai and represented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke. The independent gallery makes it a priority to show new local artists, but also, as noted by the Guardian, “one of the few Mumbai galleries to work with noteworthy international names”.
Currently drawing at her studio in Madh Island, Mumbai, Vidha Saumya has pusued a degree in painting from Sir J.J. School of Art in Mumbai. She holds a Diploma in Visual Communivation Design from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bengaluru besides having completed an Independent Study Programme at Beaconhouse National University in Lahore. In 2011 Vidha held her first major solo exhibition ‘Love Charades’ at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai. Other solo exhibitions include ‘Song of the Sirens’, Grey Noise, Lahore (2010) and ‘Lahori Bachchey’ at Alliance Francoise, Lahore (2008). She has also been part of a 6 week residency at Fermynwoods Contemporary art in Northamptonshire, UK (2010) where she collaborated with music and sound artist Rebecca Lee to create ‘The Leaf Song’.
Drawing is an integral part of Saumya’s creative practice. “The act of drawing opens new dimensions. It creates ideas and feelings – a sense of the vulnerable subject without the requirement to possess it by making it life like or real. It has the ability to change form to reveal text, figure, space and boundary. A line is frail and enduring and the same time. The engagement with the line as a formal aspect is very important to me; rawness of its appearance, spontaneity and control that it demands fascinate and challenge me. The concept of the ‘line’ offers sounds, conversations, visual impetus and framework to carry out an idea.”
For the auction, Vidha has kindly donated six works, a series called Nagn (which is Hindi for nude), from 2010.